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Offline Ehrinlove

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Sewing machine recomendations ?
« on: March 06, 2016, 11:11:34 AM »
mine just went completely south, and as it was a old machine, tiny and rather... well 'cheaply' made gifted to me, I would rather fund a new one vs a repair but I have no idea even where to start, with a small budget of 100-150 topping out at 200ish I'm a little in over my head trying to pick out what would be a good reliable machine for doing liners and hammocks and things anyone have any thoughts ?

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Re: Sewing machine recomendations ?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2016, 02:54:13 AM »
I'm a sucker for the old workhorses. I'm still sewing on a 1941 Singer, and that beast has taken a beating for me the past 5 years.

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Re: Sewing machine recomendations ?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2016, 06:48:51 AM »
I'm a fan of Brother brand sewing machines. My high school has them for sewing classes and they go through A LOT. Many of the students using them have never sewn before and the machines manage to live.

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Re: Sewing machine recomendations ?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2016, 07:32:29 PM »
I'm still using the Singer I bought back in 1983.  I've made a lot of liners and hammocks in the last few years and I've had no problems with it
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Re: Sewing machine recomendations ?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2016, 07:59:54 PM »
If I were going to get a new machine, in that price range I'd consider this one:

The extra wide table would be nice to have and the selection of stitches + the extra sewing feet are what catch my eye. Brother is a good brand too. I also love that its not computerized. Not to knock computerized machines, but the one I have now can be finicky when it comes to "errors", and is super slow computing the reverse stitch. I have to wait for it to decide its ready to backstitch.  ::) But thats just mine, and it has forever made me wary of buying another.
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Re: Sewing machine recomendations ?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2016, 10:33:24 AM »
I just bought a Janome HD 3000 which is not in your price range (it's really not in mine either but it's the best one for what I'm doing :yelcutelaugh:), but I've been very very happy with it so far. You might see if there's a Janome that would be in your price range (like this one. If not, a Brother could work for you, though I wasn't thrilled with my last Brother - it barely sewed through two layers of fleece and it drew the line at topstitching hammocks ::) I actually stopped sewing hammocks because it refused to do it. I sewed a dress on it and then tried to sew a purse out of not-too-tough material, but it threw a fit and started bending needles :(
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Re: Sewing machine recomendations ?
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2016, 11:14:20 AM »
I'm using Singer 8280. It's cheap and good sewing machine for beginners :)
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Re: Sewing machine recomendations ?
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2016, 07:35:59 PM »
When I bought my last machine Brother was making machines for Sears Kenmore line. I don't know if Kenmore is still made by Brother, but it has been a good machine for almost 20 years. My mother always swore by Pfaff, but I could never afford one.